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Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for the world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Perched on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the aquarium features more than 60 habitats of fishes and invertebrates from the cold waters of the Pacific Northwest to the tropical waters of Mexico and beyond. An interactive museum showcases research discoveries by Scripps scientists on climate, earth and ocean science. The mission of Birch Aquarium is to provide ocean science education, to interpret Scripps research and to promote ocean conservation.

Birch Aquarium provides ocean science education through creative exhibits, programs and activities designed to help people use critical thinking, and to make science relevant to their daily lives.

Birch Aquarium interprets Scripps Institution of Oceanography research, emphasizing the interdisciplinary nature of the science used to study Earth, and inspiring public support of scientific endeavors.

Birch Aquarium promotes conservation through education and research, believing that with increased understanding of the ocean, people will respect and protect the marine environment.

Admission Rates
- Adult: $18.50
- Child (3 - 17): $14.00
- Senior (60+): $15.50
- Students or UCSD Staff with ID: $15
- Ages 2 and under: Free
- Active duty, reserve, veteran/retired US military ID holders receive $2 off each ticket.

Upcoming event at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

10,000 Maniacs At Birch Aquarium

  • Wednesday, September 18, 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Birch Aquarium's Green Flash Concert Series is back! Don’t miss the epic summer concert series that combines live music with panoramic ocean views on the aquarium’s stunning Tide Pool Plaza. 10,000 Maniacs With 8 Billboard charting songs — including “Because the Night,” “Trouble Me,” and “These are the Days” — 10,000 Maniacs has covered plenty of ground in its 35-plus years, from cult-herodom to international stardom, to their current status ... Read more

All upcoming events at Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Seadragons & Seahorses Now Open At Birch Aquarium Starts May 17, 2019

10,000 Maniacs At Birch Aquarium September 18, 2019

Toddler Time: Little Aquarium Artists At Birch AquariumSeptember 25, 2019

Toddler Time: Seed & Song Yoga At Birch AquariumOctober 9, 2019

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives Lectures: Biomimicry: Innovating Using Nature’s ToolboxOctober 14, 2019

Toddler Time: Hullabaloo At Birch AquariumOctober 23, 2019

Birch Aquarium’s Haunted Aquarium: Sea Monster Mash October 25, 2019

Birch Aquarium’s Perspectives Lectures: Exploring The Earth Under The Sea: Over 50 Years Of DrillingNovember 18, 2019

Past events

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Business hours

Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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